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Language Confusion in Vinland June 13, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Language Confusion in Vinland

        Most people, when they think of Vikings, think of men with rakish pointy hats and anger management issues. Beachcombing thinks, instead, of rare manuscripts being burnt, ‘drowned’ or thrown down monkly toilets – he detests the northern philistines.  However, one aspect of Viking life has long interested Beachcombing and that is their habit of […]

Celts in Ancient Sicily June 11, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Celts in Ancient Sicily

Beachcombing has luxuriated for too long in the modern world. Indeed the last time he visited antiquity was in the company of some Indian merchants a long week ago. So he rushes back today to the clean, glistening marble of the ancients. The following passage comes from G.T. Griffith’s The Mercenaries of the Hellenistic World (London […]

Victorian sewer pigs June 7, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Victorian sewer pigs

          Beachcombing has a natural and commendable enmity towards sociology. Sociologists are the foes of history and must be resisted on the beaches, in the city and in the hills. (It does not help that his father-in-law is of that profession.) But he finds some of the nineteenth-century proto-sociologists intriguing and […]

American Indians in Roman Europe? June 6, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
American Indians in Roman Europe?

                Beachcombing always enjoys attempts by Euro-Asia-Africa’s various ethnic factions to claim the discovery of the New World. Put even a gingerly query into a search engine and you will soon find that, over the years, the Basques, the Welsh, the Babylonians, the Israelis, the Bantu and just […]

Circumnavigating Africa six centuries before Christ June 1, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Circumnavigating Africa six centuries before Christ

        Beachcombing can barely take down M. Cary and E.H. Warmington’s The Ancient Explorers without a tremble of excitement running through his body, such treasures are to be found there. One of his favourite sections is their dissection of Herodotus 4, 42-43, a passage where the Greek historian describes, with requisite scepticism, a […]

Tibetan soldiers in the Second World War May 31, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Tibetan soldiers in the Second World War

                    Beachcombing has long been intrigued by the following account published in Tribune in October 1944 in Orwell’s As I Please. We know that Greenlanders fought the Germans, that Brazilians attempted to take Monte Cassino… but Tibetans in the Wehrmacht? The mind boggles. Is it genuine or […]

Tyrkjaránið – Arab Pirates in Iceland May 30, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Tyrkjaránið - Arab Pirates in Iceland

        Despite rumors of a polar bear in medieval northern Africa and well attested penetration by Rus Vikings into the Volga in the tenth century contacts between the Arab world and Scandinavia are few until (very) modern times. All the more reason then for Beachcombing to enjoy the Tyrkjaránið, the Norse/Icelandic word for the […]

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